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Menasha Skulnik

Show Count: 0
Series Count: 2
Role: Old Time Radio Star
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Born: May 15, 1890, Warsaw, Poland, Russian Empire [now Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland]
Died: June 4, 1970, New York City, New York, USA

Menasha Skulnik (May 15, 1890 - June 4, 1970) was a Jewish American actor, primarily known for his roles in Yiddish theater in New York City. Skulnik was also popular on radio, playing Uncle David on The Goldbergs for 19 years. He made many television and Broadway appearances as well, including successful runs in Clifford Odets's The Flowering Peach and Harold Rome's The Zulu and the Zayda.

Born in Warsaw, Poland, Skulnik reportedly ran away at the age of 10 to join a circus. In 1913, he joined a Yiddish stock company in Philadelphia and began getting comic parts. His diminutive stature (5'4"), high nasal voice, mannerisms and appearance, made him a natural for comedy.

Skulnik knew exactly what he was in comedy: "I play a schlemiel, a dope. Sometimes they call me the Yiddish Charlie Chaplin, and I don't like this. Chaplin's dope is a little bit of a wiseguy. He's got a little larceny in him. I am a pure schlemiel, with no string attached." [1] Skulnik was dubbed the "East Side's Chaplin" by the New York Evening Journal in 1935. [2]

He collapsed on stage in New Haven, Connecticut during a dress rehearsal of a show he was bringing to Broadway, and died several weeks later on June 4, 1970 in New York City.[3] He is buried in the Yiddish theater section of the Mount Hebron Cemetery.


 

Source: Wikipedia

Abie's Irish RoseAbie's Irish Rose
Show Count: 2
Broadcast History: 24 January 1942 to 2 September 1944
Cast: Bud Collyer, Alan Reed, Walter Kinsella , Alfred White, Menasha Skulnik, Anna Appel, Carl Eastman, Ann Thomas, Bill Adams, Dolores Gillen, Amanda Randolph, Sydney Smith, Betty Winkler, Rosemary Levy, Richard Bond, Julie Stevens, Marion Shockley
Director: Joe Rines
Abie's Irish Rose, a situation comedy about a young married couple from Jewish and Catholic families, replaced Knickerbocker Playhouse and ran from January 24, 1942 through September 2, 1944.